Via the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft, the Pittsburgh Penguins made their National Hockey League debut on October 11, 1967, losing to the Montreal Canadiens, 2-1, in the expansion franchise’s home opener.
A slow start was followed by a tumultuous stretch of uncertainty throughout the 70s and into the early 80s, but a major turning point came in ‘84 that would ensure the future of hockey in Pittsburgh, as the Penguins drafted superstar Mario Lemieux #1 overall in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. Supported by an All-Star cast and crew full of future HOFers, the Penguins became first-time Stanley Cup Champions in 1991, repeated the feat as Cup defenders in 1992, and with Super Mario leading the way, winning quickly became tradition in the Steel City.
Fast forward to 2006, and the torch was past from Mario Lemieux to Sydney Crosby, along with a fresh cast and crew of supporting talent. The new line-up wasted little time carrying on the tradition, as Sid and co reached the Cup Finals in 2008, won the franchise’s third Cup in 2009, regularly competed over the next 5 years, and took home the Pittsburgh Penguins’ fourth and fifth Stanley Cup Championship in franchise history in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
Celebrating their Golden Anniversary in 2017, The History of the Pens Jersey, 1967-2017 takes a look back at 50 years of Pittsburgh Penguins uniforms and the great players who popularized them.
Looking forward to the next 50 years!